Project of the Year

Central Park Bandshell


Originally constructed in 1913, the Central Park Bandshell was threatened with demolition twice in its 90-year history, first in the 1960s and again in 2001, when deferred maintenance had compromised the structure. In both instances, fundraising efforts on behalf of local residents provided the necessary resources to repair the bandshell and preserve this local jewel. The bandshell was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, which reinforced the significance of this historic entertainment venue and acted as a catalyst for its preservation. Through the dedication of local preservationists, community funding and countless hours of donated labor, the bandshell was stabilized and restored to its original splendor in a span of two months. A rededication ceremony was held in July 2003 to celebrate the bandshell’s 90th birthday, drawing approximately 1,500 local residents to the opening event.

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